We are well into 2015 and New Year’s resolutions are no longer center stage. The great news is spring is the perfect time of year to start things fresh. Here are some simple steps to spring clean your life.
The home is where the heart is and unfortunately, that’s where clutter can dominate as well. Minimize clutter in general areas of the home like the kitchen and bath by getting rid of small appliances that you no longer use and that don’t work. In the kitchen, chipped and broken glassware and dinnerware should be replaced.
In the bathroom, the biggest culprit of clutter is toiletries and beauty products. Spring clean your bathroom by going through beauty products and tossing ones that are old and expired. Use a caddie to keep everything organized and in it’s place.
Limit excess paper by going paperless for billing and magazines.
Toys can have a way of consuming a space…if you let them. Sort through toys and books every few months and toss the ones that are broken or damaged. Donate toys that your children no longer play with (but are in good condition) to friends, charities, and children’s hospitals. Use websites that buy children’s clothes to get rid of items the kids have outgrown and make some money in the process.
Talk to any woman about spring cleaning and clutter and she’ll mention her closet. Closets hold lots and lots of secrets. Clothes that are too big. Clothes that are too small. Things that are outdated. Things worn on a first date. Bridesmade dresses. Ceremonial headdresses. Even though they are all different, one thing that is true is that closets are often cluttered and a “hot” spot for spring cleaning.
Fortunate for us, Linda Lightman (consignment expert), recently shared her tips for spring cleaning your closets and even making some money in the process.
Here are her five simple tips for spring cleaning a closet:
LINDA LIGHTMAN’S FIVE SIMPLE STEPS FOR “SPRING” CLEANING YOUR CLOSET
- Empty out your closet for the grand purge
- Prioritize-Prioritize! Make Yes, No, and Maybe Piles; Donate, Toss, Sell – categories
- Does it fit?
- Have I worn it in the last year?
- Will I ever wear it again?
- Does this represent my style?
- Is this damaged in any way? Will I get it repaired?
- Would I buy this today?
- Do I feel good when I wear this?
- Follow the one year rule
- Invite a friend over to sift through your piles, help you edit, sip some drinks, listen to music and laugh with you about all the unfortunate fashion mistakes (we all make)
- Lastly, once you’ve got things organized send your usable and fabulous items places to consignment spots like Linda’s Stuff.
So are you ready to spring clean your life? You and your family deserve it.